Definitions of palatal
  1. adjective
    relating to or lying near the palate
    palatal index”
    synonyms: palatine
  2. adjective
    produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin')
    synonyms: palatalised, palatalized
    (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')
  3. noun
    a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')
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    type of:
    glide, semivowel
    a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant
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